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Comment Re: Finally! (Score 1) 171

I had that most perfect of situations for a young girl: my best friend had her own horse. Her father was, I believe, a model maker at Ford, a job that I assume has all gone computerized now. Very middle class neighborhood, but on that and a (private school) teacher's salary, they had that and the dad's hobby was sailing, believe it or not. Obviously the horse was boarded somewhere. I vaguely remember that maybe they allowed him to be used for other kid's riding lessons to partially pay for that, but it's tough to say, it was a long time ago.

Quantum Teleportation Achieved Over 7km of Cable ( 189

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ScienceAlert: Quantum teleportation just moved out of the lab and into the real world, with two independent teams of scientists successfully sending quantum information across several kilometers of optical fiber networks in Calgary, Canada, and Hefei, China. Quantum teleportation relies on a strange phenomenon called quantum entanglement. Basically, quantum entanglement means that two particles are inextricably linked, so that measuring the state of one immediately affects the state of the other, no matter how far apart the two are -- which led Einstein to call entanglement "spooky action at a distance." In the latest experiments, both published in Nature Photonics (here and here), the teams had slightly different set-ups and results. But what they both had in common is the fact that they teleported their information across existing optical fiber networks -- which is important if we ever want to build useable quantum communication systems. To understand the experiments, Anil Ananthaswamy over at New Scientist nicely breaks it down like this: picture three people involved -- Alice, Bob, and Charlie. Alice and Bob want to share cryptographic keys, and to do that, they need Charlie's help. Alice sends a particle to Charlie, while Bob entangles two particles and sends just one of them to Charlie. Charlie then measures the two particles he's received from each of them, so that they can no longer be differentiated -- and that results in the quantum state of Alice's particle being transferred to Bob's entangled particle. So basically, the quantum state of Alice's particle eventually ends up in Bob's particle, via a way station in the form of Charlie. The Canadian experiment followed this same process, and was able to send quantum information over 6.2 km of Calgary's fiber optic network that's not regularly in use.

Comment Re: I think... (Score 1) 387

This. I'm still not sure how I feel about the original program; I understand the intent was to store the date while it was available for access if required, but obviously that's open to all kinds of abuse, as we've seen with many of the expansions of surveillance since 9/11. The program needed to be examined and at the very least needed some very, very serious oversight. But the whistle could have been blown without exposing all sorts of classified and sensitive data that put people in danger, let alone taking that information with him into hostile countries... like Russia.

Comment Conservative Non Profit (Score 2) 629

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to "fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine."

Not to say Wikipedia is an awesome source, but I admit I'm really not in the mood to dig up something more definitive.

Comment Re:Baby boomers (Score 1) 194

You DID see they talked about people over 40, even. I'm 39. I have a mortgage and a two year old daughter. I'm not a freaking baby boomer - I'm from the end part of Gen X. I was born in 1976. My employer doesn't seem to have issues with older employees at this point, but if I get caught in a workforce reduction, I'm probably screwed. I certainly can't afford to retire twenty five years early. And you know what, my dad, who turned 71 years old this year, guess what, he can't afford to 100% retire either. He worked as a lineman for the phone company for almost 40 years, retired and then found out he was going to have to partially support my stupid stepbrother and his two daughters that moved in with him. So, he's still out there, doing computer repair work and troubleshooting network problems freelance, because his other choice is to starve, I suppose. Go find your own career, don't worry about taking it away from someone who still NEEDS it.

Peter Thiel Is Interested In Harvesting The Blood Of The Young ( 373

Presto Vivace writes: [Gawker reports:] "Peter Thiel, the tech billionaire-turned-Trump delegate who successfully bankrupted Gawker Media, has long been obsessed with anti-aging technologies. He believes people have been conned by 'the ideology of the inevitability of the death of every individual,' and has funded startups dedicated to extending the human lifespan. According to Jeff Bercovici of Inc. magazine, Thiel is so afraid of dying that he has begun exploring a novel, and fairly unsettling, technique: Harvesting, and injecting himself with, the blood of younger people." Vampire capitalism is real. In an unpublished interview with Bercovici last year, Thiel said: "I'm looking into parabiosis stuff [...] where they [infected] the young blood into older mice and they found that had a massive rejuvenating effect. [...] I think there are a lot of these things that have been strangely under-explored." When asked if he meant parabiosis was "really interesting" as a business opportunity or a personal-health treatment, Thiel suggested the latter: "That would be one where it's more just, do we think the science works? Some of these it's not clear there's actually a great company to start around it. [...]"

Comment Re:Those Damn Blue LEDs (Score 1) 230

Beyond the possible blue light = day light issues, it's just true that red light doesn't destroy your night vision. We made sure to get a nightlight that can be set to red for the hallway to my daughter's room, and keep a headlamp that has a red light in her room for if we have to find something while she's asleep. The default on the nightlight is green, I think, so I've had to stand there and get my nightvision back when I've turned it on post power-outage in the middle of the night.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1, Informative) 499

BS. I'm a female engineer and I frequently joke that female engineer is a different gender than just female. I'm an engineer and a geek first, most definitely, and I would say that's true of a great number of female engineers I know. I hate shopping, except for books or games, I hate gossiping and small talk. I'm an INTJ, if you're into Meyers Briggs. I have never been given any opportunity to negotiate on salary. I do my performance review and I get a little slip of paper with my raise.

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